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Academy in Context: 2006-2007

Philosophical Approaches to Animal Rights
Thursday, April 26, 5 p.m., Faculty Club

Martha C. Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago. A former Brown faculty member, Nussbaum received her B.A. from New York University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard. She has also taught at Harvard and Oxford universities. A philosopher whose work focuses on ancient Greek philosophy, contemporary moral and political philosophy, feminism, and the connections between philosophy and literature Nussbaum's 1985 book The Fragility of Goodness was particularly influential and made her a well-known figure throughout the humanities. Her other books include Love's Knowledge (1990), The Quality of Life (1993, with Amartya Sen), Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education (1997), Sex and Social Justice (1998), Women and Human Development: The Capabilities Approach (2000), Upheavals of Thought: The Intelligence of Emotions (2001), Hiding From Humanity: Disgust, Shame, and the Law (2004), Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership (2005), and The Clash Within: Democracy, Religious Violence, and India's Future (2006).

 The Ethics of Science in an Age of Superstition
Tuesday, February 6, 6 p.m., Chancellor's Dining Room (Sharpe Refectory)  

Robert L. Park is Professor of Physics and former chair of the Department of Physics at the University of Maryland. Prof. Park received his Ph.D. in physics from Brown, where he was the Edgar Lewis Marston fellow, in 1964. Prior to coming to Brown, his study of law at the University of Texas was interrupted by the Korean War, during which he served as an electronics officer in the U.S. Air Force. Following the war, he switched to physics and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with high honors. A Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Society for the Advancement of Science and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, Park is author of more than a hundred papers on the structure of crystal surfaces. For more than twenty years he has posted a provocative weekly column from Washington, D.C., on science issues at Park is a prolific op-ed contributor for the New York Times and Washington Post and is a frequent commentator on television news. He is the author of Voodoo Science: the Road from Foolishness to Fraud.

Brown and the Slave Trade: The Final Report from the Brown University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice
Monday, November 13, 6 p.m., Chancellor's Dining Room (Sharpe Refectory)  

(Students are encouraged to visit the Slavery and Justice website where a copy of the report can be downloaded, along with background and supplementary information:

James Campbell is an associate professor of American Civilization, Africana Studies, and History at Brown. He is the author of two books, Songs of Zion: The African Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States and South Africa and the recently published Middle Passages: African American Journeys to Africa, 1787-2005. He is also co-editor of a forthcoming anthology, Race, Nation, and Empire in American History, slated to appear in 2007. Campbell has received numerous fellowships and awards, including the Carl Sandburg Literary Prize for Non-fiction and the Organization of American Historians' Frederick Jackson Turner Prize. Before coming to Brown, he taught at Northwestern University and at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.